The College Football Playoff National Championship was played for the first time in college football history. A bracket tournament between the top four teams was established before the season and on January 12, 2015, the Ohio State Buckeyes (#4) defeated the Oregon Ducks (#2) in AT&T Stadium 42-20.
The Houston Astros will wear a commemorative patch in 2015 on their jerseys to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their team name (specificall, the Astros, not including their first name, the Colt .45s).
New skippers at the helm in 2015 for the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Houston Astros. The Rangers Ron Washington and the Rays Joe Maddon retired while the Twins (Ron Gardenhire) and Astros (Bo Porter) fired their previous managers.
The Minnesota Twins made the only significant uniform change in 2015, removing the pinstripes from their home jerseys and adding gold trim both the Twins name on their jerseys and the Twin Cities logo on their caps.
The St. Louis Cardinals will visit the Chicago Cubs to kick off the 2015 season at the newly refurbished Wrigley Field.
The Washington Nationals, now celebrating their tenth season in the National League, will wear a commemorative patch in 2015 on their jerseys. The Cubs uniform will also include a patch, but theirs will be worn in honor of the late, great, Mr. Cub (Ernie Banks), who passed away on January 23, 2015.
New skippers at the helm in 2015 for two Natioanl League teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. Both teams firing their managers in 2014, Kirk Gibson and Rick Renteria respectively, and starting the season with new men at the helm in 2015, Chip Hale and Joe Maddon respectively.
The newly appointed Commissioner of Baseball, Rob Manfred will be at the helm in 2015, his first regular season as Commissioner of Baseball, succeeding Bud Selig.
The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the National League Cincinnati Reds, will be hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Interleague play remains and each team is scheduled to play 20 interleague games. The matchups for the season will be the AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central and AL West vs NL West.
"Another priority for me is to continue to modernize the game (in 2015) without interfering with its history and traditions. Last season's expanded instant replay improved the game's quality and addressed concerns shared by fans and players. We made a dramatic change without altering the game's fundamentals. I look forward to tapping into the power of technology to consider additional advancements that will continue to heighten the excitement of the game, improve the pace of play and attract more young people to the game" - Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred (01/25/2015, 'Commissioner Rob Manfred's letter to fans', Source )
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2015 American League
|East||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|Toronto Blue Jays||93||69||0||.574||--||$|
|New York Yankees||87||75||0||.537||6||$|
|Tampa Bay Rays||80||82||0||.494||13||$|
|Central||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|Kansas City Royals||95||67||0||.586||
|Chicago White Sox||76||86||0||.469||
|West||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||85||77||0||.525||3||$|
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